CULTURE

Budding acts from Bristol in unison here

Founded two years ago in Bristol, UK, home to some of the contemporary music scene’s more innovative outfits of the past decade, the «Greatness of the Magnificence» festival has been drawing budding local talent as well as some of the city’s more renowned acts, such as Portishead, Massive Attack, and Mad Professor, for various side projects. Events are held regularly, mostly around the UK, and, besides music, often include dance, poetry, film, and art on the agenda. Now, the Bristol event has grouped nine of the city’s younger aspiring musical acts for performances in Athens and Thessaloniki, beginning tonight. The nine acts – Don Madarin, Morning Star, Mooz, Invisible Pair of Hands, Jukes, Plug, Patrick Duff Band, the Tabernacle, and War Against Sleep – have been booked to perform over three evenings, tonight, tomorrow and Sunday, at the Small Music Theater (33 Veikou, Koukaki, tel 210.924.5644). Proceedings begin at 9 p.m. daily. On Tuesday, all nine bands will be packed into a marathon single-day session in Thessaloniki at the Hydrogeios Club (33 26th October, tel 2310.516.515). It begins early, at 5 p.m. Though stemming from the same city and regularly involved with this event, the total offering of these nine participating acts is eclectic, ranging from electronica to country blues. Invisible Pair of Hands, who end the three-day festival in Athens, and, so far, have one album to their credit, 1997’s «Disparation,» play atmospheric electronica, mostly instrumental. Morning Star, scheduled to play a half-hour set midway through tonight’s session, seem less concerned about newer musical trends, and deliver melancholy country and blues. Mooz, the last act on tonight, an all-female team, are described by the event’s organizer as an «atmospheric groove team with some catchy tunes.» Tickets will be on sale at the door, both in Athens and Thessaloniki, and are also available at Vinyl Microstore, 34 Didotou, Athens, tel 210.361.4544.